Ferrol - Urban History
Franco Period
Franco's birthplace, in La Magdalena district (2003)

Francisco Franco was born in La Magdalena in 1892, the son of a Navy officer. However, he was not able to enter the Naval Academy, and had to make do with entering the Army's Military Academy. In a Ferrol run by naval officers, this was very much a second-rate posting, something that would mark him for the rest of his life. His brilliant military career would allow Franco to compensate for all the humiliation he received, whether real or imaginary.

Photograph by the author